Photo: Chris Owens

Calling all race fans (particularly those with Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC gaming systems): the Dallara IR-12, used by the Verizon IndyCar Series, is on its way to Project CARS.

Though in stock (pre-aero kit) configuration, the latest-generation Indy car chassis will find itself in the leading racing simulator game on March 1 after originally being scheduled to release earlier last week.

The car will come as part of the game’s US Racecar Pack this Tuesday, which will also feature the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, the Cadillac ATS-VR GT3, the 2016 Ford Fusion NASCAR car and, as a free bonus, the Aston Martin GT12.

The package was revealed in a video:

The game’s developer Slightly Mad Studios collaborated with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in order to end up with a realistic replica of the Dallara IR-12 in Project CARS. In working with the team, the developers learned the chassis in great detail, including through the use of real-world telemetry to accurately reflect the car’s true-to-life performance and behavior on the track.

“Working with the SPM team has been a fantastic experience,” said Casey Ringley, vehicle lead at Slightly Mad Studios. “Their engineers were incredibly helpful during physics development of the car, offering setup advice and providing data to make sure the model in the game is as close to the real thing as possible for aero performance, suspension tuning, tire behavior and so on.

“Having the team’s driver, James Hinchcliffe, give it a shakedown session on the SPM simulator to help refine the model was the cherry on top. It has been a very successful collaboration for us and it shows in the experience you get in the game.”

Conor Daly, set for his first full year of Verizon IndyCar Series competition at the wheel of the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda entry, competed in four races with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in 2015 and a fifth with Dale Coyne Racing.

“It’s amazing to see our cars brought to life in a game with the technology we have access to these days,” Daly said.

“I have no doubt everyone will enjoy piloting the DW12 in game.”